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MRI – Follow Up

We went into today with a bit of apprehension. Marybeth was most concerned about getting the IV put in for the sedation. Julie and I were concerned because they were putting our little girl under.

I have never been more impressed with a doctor experience. The people at Florida Hospital that we interacted with were outstanding. The nurses were really cheerful and put Marybeth at ease. It certainly didn’t hurt that we found out that we misunderstood about the IV. They put her out with a breathing thing…and then put the IV in.

One thing that they did that was really neat. We were in the pediatric waiting room, and in this room is a gigantic bear…probably four feet tall. When the nurse comes in, he asks my daughter if she likes the bear. Then he asked her, “Would you like to take the bear home with you?” My guard immediately went up…dude, don’t tell her something that you can’t follow through on. Then he reached under his lab coat and pulled out a small version of the same bear. And then a coloring book. And crayons. Then he pulled out the same items to give to Laurel (our eight year old). They really did do everything possible to make it a pleasant experience.

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April 26, 2008 Posted by | kids | , | Leave a comment

MRI for My Five Year Old

We would appreciate your prayers tomorrow. Around 1pm Eastern Time on Friday, Marybeth will be going in for an MRI of her spine. Being that there is no way my wiggly little girl will be able to be still for 45 minutes or more, she will need to be sedated. There’s more than a little apprehension in our house.

This is all stemming from battles with encopresis. (Follow that link only if you really want to know.) Our pediatrician finally referred us to a pediatric gastroenterologist. We’ve already been for a couple of abdominal X-Rays. The doctors have had her on medicine for a long time now. It’s not working.

From what I understand, the next step is the MRI. Apparently there is a spinal condition that can cause this. I honestly don’t know what they are looking for. I also don’t know whether to hope they find what they are looking for and see how to treat it, or if it would be better to rule out this possibility and move on to the next thing on the list.

April 24, 2008 Posted by | kids | , | 1 Comment